A Dance Education Master's Degree
There are two degree options for educators who want to build their credentials and knowledge in the field of Dance Education. Choose the one that fits your teaching and career goals:
- Dance Education Master of Arts – you will want to choose this program if you a) already have a K-12 teaching license; or b) teach in the private sector or post-secondary settings.
- Dance Education Master of Arts – Licensure: Dance (Grades K-12) – you will want to choose this program if you would like to teach dance in the K-12 setting and do not already have your teaching license.
Both programs provide preparation for those who would like to pursue the Colorado Dance Grades K-12 added endorsement. If you will teach outside of Colorado, please check the endorsement or certification requirements in your state.
In this program, you will be able to build on your teaching strategies, develop theoretical knowledge as it relates to teaching and learning, and develop your dance/movement skills.
A Mostly-Online Program with Applied Summer Workshops
This master's program is designed with online delivery in the academic Fall and Spring, plus two short face-to-face Summer workshops, to fit into the schedules of current and aspiring dance educators. The summer workshops will include courses on choreography and learning dance forms.
Career Options for Graduates
UNC-trained educators will assist you in learning the latest and most effective instructional methods for choreography, dance performance production, skills and techniques and injury prevention. This will enable you to become a better dance instructor whether it is in the high school gym or your dance studio.
- MA-Only: 33
- MA with Teaching License: 57
Time to Completion:
- MA-Only: 2 years + Thesis
- MA with Teaching License: 2.5 years + Thesis/Student Teaching
Online program + Summer Greeley workshops
- MA-Only: each Fall
- MA with Teaching License: each Summer
The term that you start the program will depend on whether you are pursuing the teacher licensure option.
- Master's-only students: You will start in Fall term and finish coursework in two years, plus one additional semester for thesis work.
- Master's with licensure students: You will start in Summer term taking teacher preparation coursework. You will be joined by additional Dance Education students online in the Fall, and you will finish in 2.5 years plus a semester for thesis work and student teaching.
- You will take one Dance Education course each Fall and Spring term online.
- You will visit our campus in Greeley, Colorado, each summer for a 2-week face-to-face institute with additional online coursework.
The on-campus Summer workshops (in July) will involve choreography, learning dance forms, movement skills/technique, pedagogy, interdisciplinary teaching through dance, creative dance, injury prevention, and dance production.
To see the upcoming courses, visit this program's Current Students page.
Required Courses (27 Credit Hours)
- DNCE 550 Dance History - Tribal Cultures to Current Times (3)
- DNCE 560 Dance Movement Skills & Pedagogical Approaches (3)
- DNCE 565 Interdisciplinary Teaching & Advocacy in Dance (3)
- DNCE 570 Doing, Teaching, & Appreciating Choreography & Creative Dance I (3)
- DNCE 575 Dance Lesson, Curriculum & Assessment Design (3)
- DNCE 600 Movement & Dance – Framing a Research Question (3)
- DNCE 693 Popular Dance Forms (3)
- DNCE 695 Doing, Teaching & Appreciating Choreography (3)
- DNCE 697 Dance Production Techniques (3)
Teacher Preparation Coursework (24 Credit Hours; Only for Licensure Students)
- EDF 130 Application for Student Teaching (0)
- EDF 500 Conceptions of Schooling (3)
- EDFE 554 Secondary Practicum (3)
- EDFE 555 Supervised Student Teaching (9)
- EDRD 523 Academic Language/Literacy Development for Diverse Learners in School Settings (3)
- EDSE 509 Strategies for Students with Exceptionalities (3)
- PSY 500 Educational Psychology for Teachers (3)
Thesis (6 Credit Hours)
A written thesis is required of all students. There are six credits of thesis advisement, taken via two courses.
For full details, see the official program listings in the UNC Graduate Catalog: